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Saturday Morning Union Freekicks: River Cup, Revs, Ruiz And R'WWC

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The Philly Soccer Page " Preview: Philadelphia Union at New England Revolution
Another week, another winnable road game for the Union. But the questions linger. Can they finish?

Releasing a Little Fish | Union Dues

I don’t think I have been more critical of a player this season then forward Carlos Ruiz. However, as rumors are swirling around that he will leave the Union for Mexico, I am not so sure that I want him to go. Reports have indicated that the Guatemalan striker, also known as "El Pescadito" (the Little Fish) will leave Philadelphia and join Club Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz, south of the border. Although I have ragged on Ruiz throughout the season, I will admit that his play has improved since his return from his stint at the Gold Cup. Overall, I believe that Ruiz’s departure could bring both good and bad consequences for the Union.

The Philly Soccer Page " PSP talks to Revolution defender AJ Soares

AJ Soares was on every MLS team’s radar at the 2011 SuperDraft. He certainly appeared to fill an immediate need for the Union, as a versatile defender who can play on the outside or down the center. The Cal product has had a confident start to his MLS career and was tested on Wednesday against English Premier League champions Manchester United. PSP talked to Soares about the Man U game, coming of age in MLS, and the upcoming showdown with the first place Union.

The Philly Soccer Page " USA-Japan: What to expect in the WWC final

The US women are in the World Cup final for the first time since 1999. Many wondered if they would have a letdown in their semifinal match against France following the emotional quarterfinal win over Brazil. In truth, they didn’t play very well. But they had more goals at the end of the game and that’s what matters.

Union focus on not overlooking last-place Revs | CSN Philly

With a patchwork roster and battling travel to the vaunted West Coast last Saturday, the Union passed a sizable test by earning a scoreless draw against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Inaugural River Cup Charity Match - Union staff vs. Sons of Ben

A collection of pictures from the Union on Facebook.

Union, Sons of Ben raise $25,000 from inaugural River Cup | Philadelphia Union

It wasn’t exactly the "beautiful game," but there were flashes of brilliance during Friday night’s inaugural River Cup charity game between the Philadelphia Union front office and the Sons of Ben.

Sons of Ben, Union battle for charity | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/16/2011

The players were huffing and puffing, laboring up and down the pitch at PPL Park in Chester, but this was one evening when the effort was appreciated more than the performance. And somehow, two teams that were gasping for air put on a competitive show on the field and an exemplary one off it.

Mantua resident gets chance to play like a pro |
Andrew Heston is used to watching the Philadelphia Union play at PPL Park from his season ticket seats that are located in Section 138, in the Sons of Ben River End section behind one of the goals. 

A Delran-Rutgers connection | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/16/2011

What is it with Delran and soccer and Rutgers and the World Cup? First, there was Peter Vermes, a 1984 Delran High School graduate who went on to play soccer at Rutgers and then for the U.S. men's national team at the 1990 World Cup. Now, there is Carli Lloyd, a 2004 Delran graduate who went on to play soccer at Rutgers and is a star for the U.S. women's national team that will play Sunday against Japan in the 2011 championship game.

U.S. women love being on center stage | Philadelphia Daily News | 07/16/2011

FRANKFURT, Germany - A week ago, there were so few people following the U.S. women's soccer team that the squad could hold its daily media session around a small table in a hotel lobby.

Podcast: ‘Union Sound’ With Union Forward Danny Mwanga

Rewind back to the 2010 MLS Superdraft, where the number one draft pick was granted his own song within seconds of joining the Philadelphia Union and command over a sea of instant, faithful followers. That man, Danny Mwanga has upheld his end of the bargain, currently tied with Carlos Ruiz as the team’s leading scorer and one of Manager Peter Nowak’s most threatening weapons.

Commissioner's All-Star picks: Who would you choose? | Philadelphia Union

MLS Commissioner Don Garber will announce his two AT&T All-Star selections on this Saturday on FOX Soccer at halftime of the 4 p.m. ET game betwee...

Williams enjoying breakout season for improved Union defense | Philadelphia Union

At this time last year, defender Sheanon Williams was still looking for his big break. Playing for Philadelphia Union's USL affiliate, the Harrisburg City Islanders, the UNC product was hoping to find his way onto a Major League Soccer roster following an unsuccessful attempt to secure a contract overseas.

CORNER MLS: Frank Rost to the Red Bulls - Good move, bad execution -

(Google Translation; Spanish article) It is hard to believe that there was an archer in the market, with characteristics similar to Rost, willing to do the same job for less pay. Take the case of Faryd Mondragon , who, with a career much more prominent than his colleague, agreed to sign with the Philadelphia Union a regular contract.

Revs must cope with absence of Joseph vs. Union |

Reis and his teammates will have to cope without the services of suspended duo Ryan Cochrane and Shalrie Joseph for the match. Franco Coria looks set to replace Cochrane in central defense, while Nicol is currently weighing several options as he attempts to plug the significant vacancy left by Joseph's absence.

SOCCER: Valdes key to Union's turnaround -

CHESTER — It was only a few months back that the Philadelphia soccer community was introduced to a guy who would lead the Union’s abrupt turnaround. They didn’t know it at the time, but neither did he.

Dev. Academy Notes: Villareal fires Pateadores to U-18 title |

The LA Galaxy will face Philadelphia Union youth affiliate PA Classics in the U-16 final on Saturday after both topped their respective group.

Revolution games will be telecast in Spanish from Business Updates

Comcast SportsNet and Telemundo are teaming up to provide viewers coverage of New England Revolution soccer games in Spanish. The partnership between the TV networks begins this Sunday when the Revolution competes against the Philadelphia Union.

Soccer Report | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/16/2011

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER Union (7-4-7) at New England Revolution (3-8-7) 7 p.m. Sunday at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass. TV: Comcast SportsNet.

Revs hope to jumpstart season against Union -

Now, New England (3-8-7) has to turn its focus back to Major League Soccer and Sunday's match against the Philadelphia Union (7-4-7), who enter the weekend tied atop the Eastern Conference with Red Bull New York

Preview: Cellar-dwelling Revs host first-place Philly |

The New England Revolution return home with an aim to put an end to a long winless streak when they play host to Philadelphia Union on Sunday evening at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution are winless in their last eight games, their last league action a 3-3 at Real Salt Lake on July 4. Union are unbeaten in four games after back-to-back draws, their last match a scoreless draw at San Jose last weekend.

Union and Islanders and Final, Oh My! Harrisburg City Islanders, Philadelphia Union and USA Women's National Team

This weekend is a big weekend for soccer. The Harrisburg City Islanders, the Philadelphia Union and the USA Women’s National Team all play this weekend.

Fantasy Forecast: Who to start and who to sit in Week 18 |

(SIT) Carlos Ruiz, F, Philadelphia: Multiple-goal games against Chivas USA and D.C. United, goal-less draws against San Jose and Sporting Kansas City. This Union offense is too unpredictable for my taste, even with a reasonably good matchup at New England. 

Union focus on not overlooking last-place Revs | CSN Philly

With a patchwork roster and battling travel to the vaunted West Coast last Saturday, the Union passed a sizable test by earning a scoreless draw against the San Jose Earthquakes.

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, Chancellor Strine Is On Your Side | Legal Planet

Today, he has season-tickets to the Philadelphia Union’s games. "I always dreamed that someone 5’8" or so and named Leo would be the best player in the world, and it’s finally happened. The only thing is his name is Leo Messi ."

The luck of the Irish? | The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton PA

Jennings stated that the inspiration for the team’s logo drew from the simpler designs of Major League Soccer teams, specifically the Philadelphia Union.